This week has been unbelievably crazy and I realized this is the first time I have sat at my computer since Monday! I hope you all have been enjoying this week (despite the crazy weather!) I wanted to share with y’all my new discovery. Last post, I showed you my new over the closet pull up bar that I have been using for leg lifts. In the beginning of the week I discovered that I could not only do leg lifts but I could actually do an unassisted pull up. I shared this news with my trainer Ro and he snapped a picture of it for me at the gym.
The crazy part of it all is that just 3 months ago I still needed a little boost at my knees to complete them. The craziest part of it all is I have in no way or shape trained in that specific movement. All that I have been doing for overall strengthening has truly paid off in ability to do pull ups and dips! woo! So keep up at whatever training you are doing because it works towards your goals but also gives you unexpected surprises! Video to come…
Happy Sunday! It was a gorgeous and 73 degrees this afternoon here in Charlotte! A few friends and I went hiking up at Crowder’s Mountain. We hiked up to the top to a gorgeous view with the Charlotte skyline faint in the distance.
Jessica, Me and Christy
The long hike made me work up quite an appetite and on the way home I decided nothing would suffice but a burger and some fries! I stopped by Trader Joe’s and picked up a package of 96%lean, 4%fat ground beef, shredded carrots and zucchini.
I first prepped small sweet potatoes into fries. I peeled then sliced them into form and tossed them in a mix of olive oil and cajun seasoning. These baked at 400 degrees ~15 minutes.
For the Burger, I figured I needed to get some good veggies mixed in. I used the Ninja to chop up some shredded carrots and 1/3 of a large zucchini.
I then added this, 1/2 tsp of minced garlic and Morton’s seasoning blend to the meat.
I formed 4 patties. We are not allowed to have a grill on our apartment decks and I was too lazy to go to the clubhouse so I cooked the burgers on the stove.
And the final product… I was so pleased with the burgers which tasted delicious. (Parents this would be a great way to hide veggies from kids!, you can’t taste them at all really!)
Hope y’all have a wonderful week!
Happy (warmish) Saturday from Charlotte! I woke up this morning and completed my new daily challenge of 100 leg lifts with my new bar that I installed! I am patiently waiting on my 6 pack to show up at anytime… preferably before summer…
I then had a nice half day at work with some patients, new and old. I decided on my way home that I have not baked in awhile and needed a good stress reliever. I had a
box half box of thin mints and figured that since I had so much success with my Samoa bundt cake I could try a thin mint cake! I searched and found this “Better than thin mints…grasshopper poke cake” from SomethingSwanky.com. I altered it a bit where I could, so here it is!
Ingredients: 1 box Devils food cake, 1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk, 1 jar chocolate hot fudge, 1 box thin mints or Keebler grasshopper mint & fudge, Andes mints, 16 ounces fat free cool whip, 1 packet Duncan Hines mint flavoring
Bake Devils food in 9 x 13 pan. I prepared my cake with 3/4 cup liquid egg whites, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup applesauce (instead of whole eggs and oil). Bake at 350 until ready.
While the cake was baking, I chopped up the Andes mints. During the winter season you can buy the chips already cut but I needed 1 cup and all I could find were whole Andes bars so I just chopped them up myself!
Allow cake to completely cool then poke holes in cake evenly throughout with the bottom of a wooden spoon. Pour condensed milk evenly over cake attempting to fill the holes! (to be honest, this process takes kind of a long time as it is a thick milk)
As you can see this is a tricky part!
Melt chocolate in microwave and crumble half of the cookies in mixture and pour on top of cake. Whip together cool whip and mint flavoring.
Spread evenly on top. Crumble the rest of the cookies on top and sprinkle andes mints. Cool in fridge for a couple of hours! Enjoy!
I have been running around like crazy the past two weeks with a lot of different things going on. Yesterday afternoon as I was getting ready for my training session I realized that the only fluid I had put in my body that day was 12 ounces of black coffee. This is so terrible to admit, but I had not sipped on any water and probably drank maybe a half of glass of water the day before. Needless to say, my workout was less than stellar. My body has been dehydrated terribly!
Last night I decided that I would give myself the gallon challenge of water for this week. To help cleanse my body and stay extra hydrated. 1 gallon = 128 ounces! Yikes. I have my trusty Camelbak water bottle that is ~20 ounces. It is so hard for me to get water in during the day at work so I will aim to drink one before work and then two additional ones before lunch!
So far today, I am at 60 ounces. Bring on the ladies room breaks! Happy Saturday y’all!
Image from nutrisportfpt.com
Well I bit the dust and finally tried to lighten up some brownies! (GASP, i know, but they turned out pretty delicious!)
I mixed a normal box of Duncan Hines Fudge Brownies prepared with the mix, 1/3 cup water, 1 egg and 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix as normal then bake! I prefer my brownies fudge and gooey and these are definitely that but taste a bit lighter! Enjoy!
I am supposed to be still asleep in my Grandma’s house right now….. however SnowStorm2014 had different plans for me. I will be traveling to Chicago this afternoon to spend a weekend reunited with my mom, Grandma Agnes and Gnaedinger family! I was able to sleep in a bit this morning and truly have a Nourishing start to my day: coffee, oatmeal, GMA, and my FitQuote of the Day.
I made one of my favorite, clean bowls of oats this morning. I like my oatmeal thick so it was 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats with a little over 1/3 cup water. Once cooked, i topped with a dash of cinnamon, a sliced small banana, sliced fresh strawberries and a dash of slivered almonds. YUM
My FitQuote app of the day sent me this today: “Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat” – Jill Johnson
I hope everyone has a loving Valentine’s day! Although this is my third year without a Valentine it always amazes me to see all the love surrounding everyone! I wish we all would do this more often than just one day a year! Love y’all!
We got hit with a pretty significant snow storm here in Charlotte! For some reason, being at work didn’t make it quite as exciting as all those snow storms I remember growing up in…nevertheless the drive home was quite serene! I took a before picture of my car this morning in anticipation of the snow and an after from when I left in the afternoon
After, poor Adele was covered!
My coworker Kelly met me at my apartment complex to get in a good workout! We did a 20 minute warm up on the elliptical then 3 circuits all the way through! Both of us got extremely sweaty, just enough to make the snow outside feel so good when we left! Here is what we did
Circuit One (3x through):
- Jumping Jacks (x50)
- Oblique Russian Twists with dumbbells (x20)
- Hanging Leg Raises (x20)
Circuit Two (3x through):
- Squat Press with dumbbell (x20)
- Walking Lunges (length of our hallway ~24 lunges)
- Jump ups to bench (x20)
Circuit Three (3x through):
- Tricep dips (x20)
- Bicep curls (10 regular, 10 hammar)
- Seated Cable Rows (x20)
Both of us felt the burn with all these exercises. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm inside! Here are Kelly and my post workout pictures! We dabbled in a little snow workout too.
She has guns y’all!
Yes, I forgot my snow boots in MD, so those are Danskos with fuzzy socks!